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April 3rd 2014, 9:07 am PT

Join Us, New England! Microsoft Store Event Invitation

The Event is over. Thanks to everyone who came by to say hello! See you at PAX East

As we detailed earlier this week, Xbox has a lot going on next week for PAX East: games to play, panels to attend, and one special event open to everyone, whether they’re going to PAX or not.

To kick off the big gaming weekend in Boston, we’re holding a community gaming meet-up next Thursday, April 10th at the Microsoft retail store in nearby Natick, MA. We’ll have a number of new and unreleased games for you to play, including the first ever public demonstration of multiplayer mode in Harmonix’s upcoming Fantasia: Music Evolved.

Fantasia

We’ll also be raffling off great prizes, including a Titanfall Xbox One system and a pair of 3-day passes to the completely sold out PAX East expo. Sound good? Here’s everything you need to know:

When: Thursday, April 10th 7:00 PM
Where: Natick Mall Microsoft retail store in Natick, MA
Who: everyone is welcome

Kinect Sports Rivals StrikeSuit Zero #IDARB Age of Mythology: Extended Edition

Games available to play:

  • Disney’s Fantasia: Music Evolved
  • Kinect Sports Rivals
  • ID@Xbox titles:
    • #IDARB
    • Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut
  • Age of Mythology: Extended Edition (Microsoft Surface Pro)

Bonus for you early arrivers: we’re giving away a year of Xbox Live Gold for the first 50 people!

If you’re planning on attending, please let us know by RSVPing on this event’s page on Facebook.

This event is free, and you don’t need PAX tickets to attend. See you there!

April 3rd 2014 at 9:07 am | Events, ID@Xbox, PAX | 7 comments

March 31st 2014, 10:04 am PT

PAX East Primer: Here’s Everything Xbox in Boston

PAXEAST

Moving this post to the front page for the weekend for easy reference

As you get ready to map out your plan of attack for PAX East 2014 at the Boston Convention Center from April 11th – 13th, be sure to include the Xbox presence (booth #524) in your agenda.

From the newly released Kinect Sports Rivals to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare to Titanfall, we’ve got something for everybody. Catch up with some of our most engaged members of the Project Spark community (and try it out for yourself), or go hands on with ID@Xbox titles Super Time Force and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut.

Check back here for updates, and be sure to follow @Xbox and the  #PAXEast hashtag on Twitter  to keep up with the latest details on all our activities at PAX East 2014.

No tickets? No worries – you can still join us at a special event at the Natick Mall Microsoft retail store on Thursday, April 10th. For more details on all the great content we’ll be showing off this year, read on:

Special Events

Microsoft Store Xbox Event – Thursday, April 10th 7:00 PM | Natick Mall, MA

Before heading into the 70,000 human abyss at the Convention Center, let’s kick off PAX East together, New England! Join Xbox’s Major Nelson on Thursday, April 10th at 7pm at the Natick Mall Microsoft retail store for the first ever public demonstration of multiplayer mode in Harmonix’s upcoming Fantasia: Music Evolved. Attendees will also get to play unreleased ID@Xbox games, the newly released Kinect Sports Rivals, and enter to win prizes including a pair of tickets to the sold out PAX East event.

Great news – you don’t need PAX tickets to attend, everyone is welcome! See you there.

Panels

Project Spark – Playing is Creating: How to transform from an everyday gamer to a creative visionary with Project Spark – Saturday, April 12th 12:00 PM | Albatross Theatre

Have the dream of creating your perfect game? Interested in seeing what an engaged and passionate community can create? Do you love playing new, different, and unique games? Join Team Dakota as we share the vision and reality of the limitless possibilities of Project Spark. We will showcase some of the amazing games, worlds, and content that our community has created. Learn more about Project Spark: Where Players Create and Creators Play. Currently available in beta and launching soon on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows 8.1!

Titanfall – Looking Back & Moving Forward – Saturday, April 12th 4:30PM | Main Theatre

Come meet members of Respawn Entertainment, including co-founder and CEO Vince Zampella, Producer Drew McCoy, Lead Designer Justin Hendry, Software Engineer Jon “Slothy” Shiring, and Community Manager Abbie Heppe, as they revisit the making, the launch, and the future of Titanfall.

Major Nelson Radio – Live! – Saturday, April 12th 6:00 PM | Albatross Theatre

Hello New England….we are baaaaaaaaaaaaack! Major Nelson Radio returns to PAX East with more fun than ever before. We hope.

Join Larry Hyrb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, e, and JEF United as we record an episode of the award winning podcast “Major Nelson Radio” LIVE in front of the studio audience. We will have prizes, guests and probably fun. Note: Clowns are not permitted at the recording.

Hands-on Gaming & Entertainment

Kinect Sports Rivals – Built for the power of Xbox One, Kinect Sports Rivals captures your likeness as a champion and plunges you into a world of sports competition. Sign up to compete against friends, rivals, and the entire world in the Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship for a chance to win the grand prize of ten thousand dollars cash and a trip of a lifetime.

Titanfall – Winner of Over 85 Awards – Titanfall is the first next-gen shooter that combines pure adrenaline, wall-running, double-jumping action with powerful, fast-paced titan warfare to set the new bar for online multiplayer gameplay. Stop by, as we’ll be featuring 24 stations for you to get hands on time with what GameSpot called “A Leap Forward for Shooters”.

Project Spark – The ultimate creation game that lets anyone build unique and instantly playable levels, experiences, and worlds, Project Spark will showcase exciting new content on Xbox One and Windows 8.1 at PAX East. In addition to Team Dakota, the development team behind Project Spark, providing hands-on and guided demos of the game, several of Project Spark’s superstar community members will showcase their own games and levels created within the game. Consumers who come by the booth and try the game for themselves can receive an exclusive “Pinny Arcade” pin (limited quantity).

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Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare will be showcasing the Garden Ops mode, which pits four Plant team members against waves and waves of zombies and bosses who are out to destroy your garden, featuring content from the Garden Variety Pack update including a new map, a slew of additional character upgrades, and a host of fresh Pirate Zombies for players to face in the Sharkbite Shores map. Boss Mode allows players to employ SmartGlass to support their teams with a top-down view of the battlefield, employing enemy intel, health drops, revive stations and explosive artillery strikes. Players will also have a chance to receive The Super Duper Pack and Craaazy Pack giving players a mix of customization and consumable items, and are guaranteed to include at least one Uncommon item, one Rare item, and a high likelihood of a Rare character piece.

ID@Xbox – Recently highlighted at GDC, ID@Xbox is how independent game developers participate in the momentum of Xbox One. We’re showing off two of the titles – Super Time Force and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut in the Xbox Live area of the booth.

Twitch – With Twitch on Xbox One, you can broadcast and watch your favorite games live. Just say “Xbox, Broadcast” to show the world what you’re playing. Once you’re done broadcasting, use Twitch to watch the games you love, chat with the players you follow, or even join a broadcaster’s game.

Also playable: Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome & Killer Instinct

Other Recommended Fun

State of Decay – Booth #1039

For the first time, come play “Lifeline”, the new DLC for State of Decay, at the Undead Labs booth (#1039) during PAX! State of Decay is the hit zombie survival game which fans have turned into a multi-million unit franchise. Available on both Xbox 360 and Steam*, Lifeline will put you into the boots of Greyhound One — a military unit sent to ground-zero of the zombie apocalypse to rescue a group of scientists who might be the key to fighting the plague. *State of Decay game required, sold separately.

Powerstar Golf- Booth #836

Powerstar Golf will reveal a brand new course for the first time at PAX East! Play the course at Ubisoft’s Booth (#836), where Powerstar Golf will be one of the titles featured in Ubisoft’s “The Next Level” Tournament. Also, make sure to watch the trailer playing throughout the weekend in the booth.

Killer Instinct: MLG-hosted tournament — Booth #862

Fighting game enthusiasts at PAX East 2014 will have a chance to flex their competitive muscles playing Killer Instinct on Xbox One for the chance to win a variety of great prizes at the Turtle Beach booth (#862). Gamers in attendance can register for one of the 32 open slots available for each of the 3 days. All gameplay will happen on the Xbox One, using Killer Instinct FightSticks and customized Turtle Beach XO SEVEN headsets. All participants will also receive an exclusive Killer Instinct FightStick pin!

Twitch – Booth #936

Make sure you swing by the Twitch booth (#936) to catch Capcom Pro Tour action throughout the weekend. Twitch will also be giving away awesome swag bags to the first 250 people who come check out how easy it is to stream on next generation consoles including Xbox One. Can’t make it? Watch it all from the Twitch app on your Xbox 360 or Xbox One.

Age of Mythology Extended – Booth#492

The Battle for Heaven and Earth Begins again!  After the successful release of Age of Empires II :HD, Microsoft Studios is now bringing you Age of Mythology Extended an updated combination of the award-winning Age of Mythology and the Titan expansion.  Stop by the Age of Empires booth (#492) where you will be able to demo Age of Mythology: EX before it’s release or have your picture taken in the OneDrive photo stand and earn their your own Anubis Pinny Arcade pin and AOM:EX kraken bandana (while supplies last).

Age of Mythology Extended

Update:

Saturday at 11am in the Que Room: Your chance to have a poster signed by a Titanfall Respawn developer
Saturday at 2pm at the Xbox Booth: Your chance to play alongside a Titanfall Respawn developer
Sunday at 2pm at the Xbox Booth: Your chance to play alongside a Titanfall Respawn developer

March 31st 2014 at 10:04 am | Events, Industry, PAX, Xbox One | 26 comments

March 28th 2014, 1:28 pm PT

Here’s How to Watch this Weekend’s Call of Duty Championships

The 2014 Call of Duty Championships, presented by Xbox, are on NOW. With teams from around the world battling it out for their share of $1 million in prize money, the competition is sure to be fierce. Here’s how you can follow the action live:

  • Catch opening-round qualifiers action today and tomorrow on MLG.tv and the MLG app on Xbox Live. Rounds start at 9am Pacific.
  • Watch the championship finals on Xbox Live, Sunday at 3pm PT/6pm ET on both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

In between matches, learn about the teams in the competition over on Xbox Wire, or join in the conversation on Twitter using the #XboxCoD hashtag.

March 28th 2014 at 1:28 pm | COD, Events | 23 comments

March 18th 2014, 4:12 pm PT

ID@Xbox at GDC

GDC is in full swing here in San Francisco, making this a perfect time to update you on the ID@Xbox program.

Today, we’re showing 25 games coming to Xbox One through ID@Xbox, developed by teams all over the world. These titles include a wide range of genres, with many of them taking advantage of Xbox One features such as local 8-player gameplay and Kinect integration. Check out the full list of titles over at Xbox Wire.

Look for ID@Xbox game titles in the Xbox Games Store in the coming weeks, but if you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can try them today!

Join us at Loft One San Francisco (530 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94107) beginning at 7pm, and be the first to go hands-on with these awesome indies. No GDC badge needed. We’ll even be raffling off some new Xbox One-compatible headsets.

headsets at gdc

More details here. Hope to see you tonight, and we’ll have more info on these games closer to their respective release dates.

March 18th 2014 at 4:12 pm | Events, ID@Xbox, Xbox One | 82 comments

March 14th 2014, 11:00 am PT

Join Us for an ID@Xbox Play Session Next Week in SF

GDC is quickly approaching, and we have some ID@Xbox games to share during the event. As you may have seen, Chris Charla recently unveiled the latest wave of ID@Xbox developers and we’re excited about what these new updates will mean for gamers on Xbox One. So excited, in fact, that we’re inviting Xbox fans to come play them – next week!

IDEvent

This coming Tuesday, March 18th, we’re hosting the ID@Xbox Showcase in San Francisco to go hands-on with ID@Xbox titles for the first time.  Come enjoy the experience with refreshments, developer access, and new ID@Xbox games in a great lounge setting. Sound good? (Hint: it is)

Here’s what you need to know:

When: Tuesday, March 18th beginning at 7pm. Your session will last approximately one hour.

Where: Loft One San Francisco (530 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94107)

Note: The Loft isn’t a huge venue (we can fit approximately 50 fans in at a time), and this event is 1st come, 1st served. After one hour, we will clear the venue and allow a second group of about 50 fans in to play.

See you next week in San Francisco!

March 14th 2014 at 11:00 am | Events, ID@Xbox, Xbox One | 8 comments

March 10th 2014, 11:09 am PT

Watch the Titanfall Launch Live

The line is already forming, the stage is nearly set, and Titanfall launches… TONIGHT.

While you’re waiting for midnight in your neck of the woods, why not join us live from SXSW in Austin? Both in-person or on Twitch, we’ll be celebrating Titanfall’s release from 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. Watch right… here:

Watch live video from xbox on www.twitch.tv

Here’s what to look for tonight: developer walkthroughs of new Titanfall maps, answering fan questions, and unveiling an amazing new collaboration in the Titanfall universe. We’ll also be holding Twitter contests throughout the stream, we’ll announce how to enter during the broadcast.

I’ll be hoisting the even along with GameTrailers TV and Spike TV host Geoff Keighley, and Twitch’s Jon Carnage. Special guests include Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella, Abbie Heppe, and Joel Emslie, Yusuf Mehdi, the legendary team from Rooster Teeth Productions and Xbox Live Gamerscore and achievement leader Stallion83,

Whether in-person or streamed on Twitch, we look forward to celebrating with you tonight!

March 10th 2014 at 11:09 am | Events, Titanfall, Xbox One | 69 comments

March 5th 2014, 4:23 pm PT

Become a VIP at our Austin Titanfall Event

Last week, we invited you to join us to celebrate the launch of Titanfall, and the response has been incredible. While more people have RSVP’d via Facebook than can even fit in the building, this will be a first come-first served event.

And here’s a way to become even… first-er:

Join us this Sunday, March 9th at 5pm for a casual meet-up at the Microsoft Store in Austin @ The Domain. The first 50 people to arrive at the store will be granted VIP access to Monday night’s launch party. Just line up in the designated area outside the store (but not before 4pm!)

We’ll also be playing games and raffling off prizes (including an Xbox One), so feel free to come on by even if you’re not looking to attend Monday’s launch party. We look forward to meeting you (and receiving your recommendations for good local BBQ).

See you Sunday!

Community Event

March 5th 2014 at 4:23 pm | Events, Titanfall | 18 comments

February 27th 2014, 1:36 pm PT

Launch Titanfall with Us in Austin, on Twitch, and Nationwide

Titanfall event header

Titanfall + SXSW = a party you won’t want to miss.

To celebrate the launch of “the most important game in years,” Xbox One will be hosting a launch celebration in Austin, Texas at SXSW on March 10, with special guests from Respawn Entertainment. Xbox Corporate Vice President Yusuf Mehdi will be joined by Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella and community manager Abbie Heppe, along with fans, developers, and SXSW attendees.

Located at the Microsoft Studio at 323 Congress, the celebration (Facebook event page here) will kick off at 9pm, featuring exclusive opportunities to meet the developers behind Titanfall, cool giveaways, and of course, lots of Titanfall gameplay. A special performance by Childish Gambino, one of the most exciting young talents in music, mixing a unique blend of hip-hop genres, will cap the evening.

Attendance will be on a first come, first served basis – although we’re planning other ways for folks to get into the event – keep an eye on Twitter for more details on that.

If you won’t be in Austin, we don’t want you to miss the special celebration, and we’re building a special Twitch broadcast just for you. Tune in to our Twitch live stream at twitch.tv/xbox or on the Twitch Xbox app starting at 10pm Central (11pm Eastern, 8pm Pacific) on March 10 for incredible gameplay action, special appearances from Vince Zampella, Abbie Heppe, and Yusuf Mehdi, the legendary team from Rooster Teeth Productions, Xbox Live Gamerscore and achievement leader Stallion83, Xbox’s own Major Nelson, GameTrailers TV and Spike TV host Geoff Keighley, Twitch’s Jon Carnage and many, many more.

Additionally, over 6,000 midnight openings will take place at retailers nationwide to celebrate the launch of Titanfall on March 11.

Titanfall is less than two weeks away, we hope you join us at the very beginning.

February 27th 2014 at 1:36 pm | Events, Titanfall | 126 comments

February 25th 2014, 10:20 am PT

Join me in Connecticut to open the new Microsoft Store

Join me this Saturday March 1st at 11am at Westfarms Mall for the Grand Opening of the newest Microsoft Store.  Then later that day I’ll be back for the very first official Connecticut Xbox Community Event from 6:30pm – 8:30pm where we will have hands on time with “Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare” as well as a special Q&A with Titanfall Community Manager Abbie Heppe - PLUS I’ll be giving away an Xbox One Console to one lucky attendee…it could be you.

As someone who grew up in Central Connecticut I am really excited to come ‘home’ and I look forward to meeting you! See you Saturday.

If you use Facebook, here is event page where you can add it to your calendar 

February 25th 2014 at 10:20 am | Events, Xbox One | 16 comments

January 30th 2014, 4:42 pm PT

Xbox at Super Bowl XLVIII

The Super Bowl is the biggest entertainment event of the year, and that means the fun extends far beyond MetLife Stadium this Sunday. Even if you’re not a lifelong fan of the Broncos or Seahawks – heck, even if you’re more into videogames than football – there may be something Super Bowl-related for you to enjoy. Here’s what Xbox will be up to this weekend, no ticket required.

Super Bowl Boulevard – Xbox has taken up residence on the most famous street in the nation. Drop on by to play games, enter sweepstakes, or take a selfie with a very special Xbox One console. Look for the Xbox tents on Broadway between 36th & 37th St. Open Wednesday through Saturday, Noon-11pm, free!

If you’re an Uber user in Manhattan, pay extra attention when booking a trip in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. If you hop in one of our luxury Xbox One SUVs, not only will you get a short free ride, you’ll also get a prize giveaway, with the chance to receive the grand prize of two tickets to Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII!. Look for the Xbox One option within the app this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening, and see all the details over on Xbox Wire.

If you’re not in New York, fire up the NFL App on your Xbox One to participate in the final round of the NFL Playoff Faceoff. New Super Bowl-related questions await your prediction – don’t miss your chance to earn these special Achievements and to enter for a chance to win tickets to the *next* Super Bowl.

Additionally, look for Xbox at the Madden Bowl, on NFL Honors, and on NFL Fan Pass. Wherever you are, get the 7-layer dip ready and have a great Super Bowl!

January 30th 2014 at 4:42 pm | Events, Xbox One | 59 comments

January 9th 2014, 10:00 am PT

Set Your Loadout for Call of Duty Championship 2014

Back for 2014, Xbox is once again presenting the Call of Duty Championship.

Thirty-two teams from around the world will vie for their share of a million bucks at the Los Angeles Championship event this Spring, which will be broadcast live via Xbox Live and MLG.tv                                   .

But we’re a long way from the finals. Your first step to glory and rewards are the online qualifiers. Head on over to CallofDuty.com/esports for details on how you can get involved and join me in LA.

Good luck

 

 

January 9th 2014 at 10:00 am | COD, Events, Xbox One | 46 comments

December 18th 2013, 5:24 am PT

San Juan, Puerto Rico Xbox Event

This Friday December 20th at 6pm, I’ll be at the Microsoft Store at the Plaza Las Americas in San Juan, Puerto Rico for my final Xbox event of the year.  On site, we’ll have the Killer Instinct cabinet (with the Mad Catz Killer Instinct Arcade FightSticks) for you to play, as well as FIFA, Peggle 2 and more Xbox One titles. Prizes? Yup…we’ll have some of those as well including a chance for you to win an Xbox One during the event. I am also bringing a small number of consoles for purchase – so if you want to get your hands on an Xbox One for Christmas you may want to stop by.

See you Friday!

Click here to add the event to your calendar via an ICS file

December 18th 2013 at 5:24 am | Events | 25 comments

November 20th 2013, 8:48 pm PT

Join Us for Xbox One Launch Day

Xbox One launch day is upon us! With more than 10,000 retail locations in 13 countries opening their doors at 12:01 a.m. on November 22nd, there’s a good chance something is going on near you.

Want to join us? Here’s the what, where, and when – worldwide (All times Eastern):

6am: New Zealand becomes the 1st territory to launch Xbox One (lucky!) Join the official launch party at Shed 10, and follow Xbox New Zealand on Facebook and Twitter.

8am: Australia is the 2nd nation to embrace Xbox One. Chat about the launch on Xbox Australia’s Facebook page or follow along on Twitter.

Coming soon to Leicester Square

6-7 PM: Xbox One sweeps across several European nations- click for details of what the following countries are up to:

9pm: Xbox One lands in South America, as Brazil is the first nation in the Western Hemisphere to welcome Xbox One. Bem-vindos! (Xbox Brasil Facebook, Twitter)

11pm: Xbox One Countdown to Launch kicks off on SPIKE, SPIKE.com, Xbox Live, Xbox.com and via GameTrailers.com and the GameTrailers app. Watch launch festivities from Times Square and Los Angeles, and enjoy a live performance from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Midnight-3am: Xbox One launches in North America (Canada, Mexico, USA)! Join one of the thousands of midnight launch events taking place, including at every Microsoft store in North America. Additionally, select locations will hold a Killer Instinct Tournament during launch, so arrive ready to rumble.

In the U.S., the ultimate midnight celebration will take place in Times Square in New York City. The world of Xbox One will come to life as zombies, Roman soldiers and supercars converge on the Best Buy Theater, where awaiting fans will be among the first in America to receive their consoles and countdown to midnight with great games, entertainment and special surprises. This is also place to come if you didn’t pre-order; we’ve got a couple thousand Xbox One systems for sale!

On the west coast, Xbox fans in Los Angeles are invited to make history at Milk Studios, which will be transformed into a gamer haven, with gameplay stations for Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, Killer Instinct, and other Xbox One game titles. Fans will countdown to midnight amidst killer games, entertainment and special surprises. The first 500 people to purchase an Xbox One or Xbox One game will enjoy an exclusive concert with deadmau5.

Saturday, November 23: A number of Microsoft Stores are holding Sports Star Challenges with local sports legends, and Major Nelson crowns the Killer Instinct Grand Champion at the grand opening of the Jacksonville store.

The era of Xbox One is nearly here. Join us to launch it in style!

 

November 20th 2013 at 8:48 pm | Events, Xbox One | 214 comments

November 18th 2013, 7:29 am PT

Enter the Killer Instinct Ultra Fighter Tournament This Week

Think you’ve got a Killer Instinct? You could have a chance to prove it at the Killer Instinct Ultra Fighter Tournament in select Microsoft retail stores on Xbox One launch night, November 21st.

One Grand Prize Winner in each store will receive the Ultimate Xbox One Gaming House, which includes an Xbox One, all launch night titles, 1 year of Xbox Live, PLUS a trip to Jacksonville, FL to play in a final showdown
on stage on Saturday, November 23rd, to determine the Killer Instinct Fastest Fighter Champion. Major Nelson will be on hand to personally bestow this Killer Instinct Championship Belt to our grand champion!

KI Championship belt large

Registration is FREE and is on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 6pm. Click on the participating store links to learn more:

How can you improve your odds of winning? Stop by your local Microsoft retail store today, check out Xbox One, and sharpen your Killer Instinct skills in preparation for the tournament.  Major Nelson will be waiting for you in Jacksonville, FL on November 23rd to crown the ultimate Killer Instinct Ultra Fighter!

To guarantee your spot for the Killer Instinct Ultra Fighter Tournament Showdown, pick up a wristband at the Jacksonville  store opening on 11/22 at 10am.   You won’t want to miss it!

Oh, and have you seen Mad Catz’ Killer Instinct Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 for Xbox One?

November 18th 2013 at 7:29 am | Events, Schedule, Xbox One | 28 comments

October 29th 2013, 3:06 pm PT

How to see the Battlefield 4: Showdown Live – Europe vs USA

Later this week, I am headed to London for the Battlefield 4: Showdown. I’ll be commanding the US troops while Graeme Boyd, my counterpart in Xbox Europe, will lead the European team. The entire event will be played on Xbox One and streamed live on Xbox Live on Friday November 1st at 6:00pm local time in London (2 pm ET/11am PT) and available on demand shortly after the event. Tune in and get a first look at the Battlefield 4 Second Assault expansion pack, which debuts during the broadcast and brings four re-imagined Battlefield 3 maps to Battlefield 4.

Hit the Battlefield blog for more details on the team members.

If you want to get started, Battlefield 4 for Xbox 360 is now available

 

October 29th 2013 at 3:06 pm | Events, Xbox One | 54 comments

September 19th 2013, 6:00 am PT

Xbox Premieres “Crimson Dragon” and New Gameplay for “Dead Rising 3” at Tokyo Game Show

The following has just been posted on Xbox Wire:

Today at the Tokyo Game Show, Microsoft showcased a first look at “Crimson Dragon,” the flight-based shooter from the creator of the critically acclaimed “Panzer Dragoon” series, and unveiled new gameplay for “Dead Rising 3,” the next blockbuster installment of Capcom’s award-winning zombie action series, coming exclusively to Xbox One on Nov. 22.

“Crimson Dragon” Takes To New Heights in Tokyo

Microsoft Studios, in partnership with Grounding and Land Ho! today unleashed new footage of “Crimson Dragon” for the first time at Tokyo Game Show. Created and directed by acclaimed developer Yukio Futatsugi (creator of “Panzer Dragoon”), the flight-based shooter features action-packed gameplay and a vibrant new user interface.

Launching exclusively for Xbox One for $19.99 (USD) on Nov. 22, “Crimson Dragon” enables you to harness a powerful dragon and take to the skies in this thrilling shooter where humanity has been driven to the brink of extinction on a planet ruled by dragons. It’s up to you and your friends to control the winged beasts as you battle for supremacy. Purchase and play “Crimson Dragon” before Dec. 31 and receive an exclusive dragon to help you rule the skies.

Capcom Showcases Co-op Multiplayer and Super-combo Weapons for “Dead Rising 3”

Microsoft and Capcom Vancouver enticed fans with a first look at co-op multiplayer and Super-combo weapons, a brand-new addition to the celebrated franchise.

In “Dead Rising 3’s” online co-op mode, you can take on the zombie horde with a friend over Xbox Live, with the ability to hop in or out of each other’s game at any time. When playing in a friend’s game, you’ll not only help them advance, but also contribute to your story progression and earn experience points that carry back into your own game. Any mission you finish in a friend’s game will also register as “complete” in yours, so you’ll never have to go back and replay a co-op mission to advance your single-player story, unless you want to experience it again.

Co-op players will assume the role of Dick, a wise-cracking trucker who sees the main character Nick Ramos as his best chance at getting out of the overrun city of Los Perdidos, and plays a key role in the “Dead Rising 3” story.

In addition to showcasing co-op, Capcom revealed Super-combo Weapons – a new tier of Combo Weapons that requires at least three components (and oftentimes multiple steps and blueprints) to craft, and features unique abilities that let you decimate crowds of zombies with devastating effect. Examples include the Ultimate Powershout, a deadly concussive horn made of traffic cones; the Ultimate Grim Reaper, a flaming scythe made of a katana sword, a scythe, a gas canister and a mask; and the Massive Bomb, a mini-nuke that obliterates every zombie in your vicinity – along with your clothes.

Not only are Super-combo Weapons ultra-powerful, but they can also be customized into a wide range of different variants with unique abilities. For example, the fan-favorite “Freedom Bear” from “Dead Rising 2,” a life-size stuffed bear turret armed with twin machine guns, can be customized into eight different variants in “Dead Rising 3” with modifications like grenade launchers, a push cart and a boombox lure to confuse the zombies. With hundreds of Combo and Super-combo Weapons, “Dead Rising 3” takes customization to the next level in the ultimate zombie sandbox and gives you and your friends a virtually limitless number of ways to fight back against the undead horde.

September 19th 2013 at 6:00 am | Events, Xbox One | 75 comments

September 2nd 2013, 11:26 am PT

Watch The Halo 4 Global Championship Live Stream On-Demand

In case you missed the Halo 4 Global Championship yesterday, here is the Video On Demand Stream for your viewing pleasure.

Edit: I replaced the full stream above with the 3.5 minute highlight video.

September 2nd 2013 at 11:26 am | Events, Halo | 21 comments

August 30th 2013, 10:55 am PT

Join us Saturday for the PAX Podcast

If you are attending PAX this weekend, be sure to join us Saturday at 4pm for our annual PAX Prime Podcast recording. Joining us this year will be Chris Charla who runs the ID @ Xbox Independent Game Developer program and Abbie Heppe the community manager for Titanfall.

PLUS, one lucky attendee will win an Xbox One courtesy of Mt. Dew and Doritos “Every Two Minutes” promotion.

See you Saturday afternoon!

August 30th 2013 at 10:55 am | Events | 84 comments

August 27th 2013, 11:45 am PT

Xbox One at PAX Prime on August 30 – September 2

As you head to the Washington State Convention this week for PAX Prime 2013, be sure and stop by the Xbox Booths at #412, #422 and #432 for an great lineup of the latest and greatest games only Xbox One can offer.  Below is an overview of Xbox activities you’ll find exclusively at the Xbox booth this Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2.

The Games
Imagine sixty stations featuring the most dynamic and intense driving, fighting and shooting anywhere on the show floor, all in One place. Add in a stage featuring demos of “Dead Rising 3,” “Project Spark,” “Kinect Sports Rivals,” “Fable Anniversary” and a 7.1 surround sound “Forza Motorsport 5” racing rig. Need I say more.  The list of games you’ll find at the Xbox booth is below.

Ryse: Son of Rome: PAX Primers will be among the first to play “Ryse: Son of Rome’s” co-op multiplayer experience: Gladiator mode. Set in the Roman Colosseum, Gladiator mode plunges you into the brutal world of gladiatorial combat, where you fight cooperatively with your friends against an ever-changing array of enemies, to the roar of thousands of spectators.

Forza Motorsport 5:  North American fans will get their chance to go hands-on in the “Forza Motorsport 5” pits and experience this year’s biggest automotive journey starring the world’s greatest cars and tracks. This is your chance to experience the all-new physics engine and take one of the fastest cars in the world, the McLaren P1 on the fan-favorite Laguna Seca race track.

Battlefield 4: Known for their world-class multiplayer, DICE is bringing Battlefield 4’s epic 64-player battles, vehicular combat and all-out warfare to North American fans this week. Gamers will have a chance to go hands-on with the “Siege of Shanghai” beta launching in early October. With the release of Battlefield 4 this holiday, players will experience an all-new level of destruction and dynamic environments with a game-changing concept called Levolution, and for the first time for Battlefield console gamers, 64-players running at 60 frames-per-second on Xbox One. #BF4

Killer Instinct:  “Killer Instinct” is back again with classic characters, an enhanced combat system and vivid graphics – reimagined for a new generation on Xbox One. We expect nothing but the best from a title with a pedigree as one of the most beloved fighting games of all time.

And of course there will be other surprises at the booth, including games that I’m not at liberty to divulge . . . yet. Update: Titanfall and Lococycle are both playable on the show floor.

Now playing:
Friday through Monday, the Xbox booth will feature four marquee titles: “Dead Rising 3,” “Project Spark,” “Kinect Sports Rivals” and “Fable Anniversary.”

Starting at 10:00am and ending at 6:00pm, 30-minute demos will rotate through the following schedule:

Kinect Rivals – 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm. 4:00pm
Spark – 10:30am, 12:30pm. 2:30pm. 4:30pm
Fable Anniversary – 11:00am, 1:00pm. 3:00pm, 5:00pm
Dead Rising 3 – 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm

Kinect Sports Rivals:  We’re planning to make a big splash with the “Kinect Sports Rivals” demo, showcasing the Champion feature (where even I can look athletic) and a new sport made possible with the all-new Kinect technology – Wake Racing (where I don’t look athletic).

Dead Rising 3: The team from Capcom Vancouver is onsite to show fans a demo from the third installment in the blockbuster Dead Rising franchise, available exclusively this November for Xbox One. The demo will feature a special look at the huge variety of combo vehicles in the game like the devastating RollerHawg, a hybrid between a motorcycle and a steamroller that can be used to mow down every zombie in its path. Visit the Xbox booth to see all the zombie-killing fun in action, and pick up some fun audience giveaways.

Project Spark:  The darling of any industry insider, gamer, indie enthusiast, or recovering Minecrafter. “Project Spark” empowers creators to build, play, and share whatever they can imagine and create in the game. It’s simple, powerful, fun, and powered by a dynamic community for endless opportunities to play and create!

Fable Anniversary: “Fable Anniversary” is the spectacularly remastered version of the bestselling RPG on the Xbox, filled with new content including an updated interface, and achievements to bring the best “Fable” experience to the fans. Whether you’re a “Fable” fan old or new, you’ll be able to experience all the magic of the game that started it all on the show floor!

Halo 4 Global Championship

The battle continues at PAX Prime with the Halo 4 Global Championship powered by Virgin Gaming at Benaroya Hall!  Come check out the tournament all weekend long and witness the world’s best “Halo” players battle to claim the title of “‘Halo 4’ Global Champion” and the coveted $200,000 (USD) grand prize. Plus, I’ll be hosting a live stream (that will be available on the Xbox dashboard) of the finals on Sunday from 4p-6p.

Major Nelson Podcast!

Saturday 4pm – 5pm | Pegasus Theatre
Join us as we hang out, take your questions with our special guests and talk about games, PAX and whatever else we think of.

I’ll update this post as I get more information.

Don’t forget that Thursday night we’re kicking off PAX with our official Xbox Meet Up that is open to the public.

August 27th 2013 at 11:45 am | Events | 157 comments

August 21st 2013, 12:43 pm PT

The latest Xbox gamescom coverage

It’s been a busy day in Cologne at gamescom, but I rounded up some of the latest Xbox news and videos for you in to this one tidy post.

Phil Harrison talks Football, Xbox One Games and What’s Coming Next

Forza Motorsport 5 Reveals New Tracks

Don’t forget to watch this trailer from the newly announced Tom Clancy title “The Division” – I am also happy to announce that partnership with Ubisoft The Division” will also bring exclusive content to Xbox One.

PLUS We’ve got a live show from the Xbox Booth on Thursday starting at 6pm local time.
It will be available to watch LIVE (and on demand following the show) directly on your Xbox 360.

August 21st 2013 at 12:43 pm | Events, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 192 comments

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